Yvonne Lu, PhD, RN, FGSA, PhD, RN, FGSA

Yvonne Lu, PhD, RN, FGSA, PhD, RN, FGSA

Science of Nursing Care
Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: yuelu@iu.edu
Phone: 317-278-2042
Nursing W407, Indianapolis

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University
PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MSN, Wright State University
BSN, Bethel College

Biography

Dr. Lu’s research is anchored in the field of positive health, strength-based and family-centered interventions, specially promoting engagement activities, functional performance, and quality life in older adults with cognitive impairment and their family caregivers. Dr. Lu research was externally funded by the NIA-supported Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center (P30AG10133), NINR (R21NR013755; R01 NR018162-01) and NIA (R61 AG070265-01). Recently, Dr. Lu was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) for her study project titled “Promoting Reengagement in Daily Meaningful Activity Intervention for Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Their Caregivers". This research project is for a randomized, controlled trial to study her Daily Engagement in Meaningful Activity” (DEMA) intervention against a comparison condition to improve outcomes in older persons with mild cognitive impairment and family caregivers. Dr. Lu was also awarded the first portion of an R61/R33 grant from the National Institute on Aging for her project titled “Daily Engagement in Meaningful Activities Professional (DEMA-Pro) Intervention for Seniors with Subjective Cognitive Decline Living at Home". In the R61 phase, her research team will establish the organizational structure and processes and pilot test DEMA-Pro in 4 home health service facilities in partnership with Kindred at Home, Gentiva Health Services, a division of Humana that encompasses 400 sites across 40 states. The DEMA-Pro intervention will be refined for delivery by home health services staff to patients with subjective cognitive decline and their informal caregivers and tested in a pragmatic, clustered, randomized, controlled trial.

External Funding

R61 AG070265-01 (R61. 1st year; 2020-2021), NIH, NIA, Pragmatic Trials for Dementia Care in Long-term Services and Support Settings (R61/R33). The Daily Engagement in Meaningful Activities Professional (DEMA-Pro) intervention for seniors with subjective cognitive decline and living at home. (PI)

R01 NR018162-01 (2020-2024), NIH, NINR. Promoting Reengagement in meaningful activity (PRIMA) intervention for adults with mild cognitive impairment and their family caregivers. (PI)

P30AG010133-22 (2016-2021). NIH, NIA, Indiana University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (To recruit, clinically characterize, and longitudinally follow patients with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, non-Alzheimer's disease, mixed dementia and healthy controls, and identify clinically characterized families (PI: Andrew Saykin; Leader of Outreach Recruitment and Engagement Core, Mary Austrom, Co-faculty: Yvonne Lu).

P30AG010133-22 (2011-2016) To recruit, clinically characterize, and longitudinally follow patients with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, non-Alzheimer's disease, mixed dementia and healthy controls, and identify clinically characterize families (Co-I).

McWhirter Training Fund (2018-2019). Translate a home-based daily engagement in meaningful activity intervention to a long-term care -based intervention (Fellowship).

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, Research Grant (2018-2019).Physical and Psychological Effects of Qigong Exercise in Community-Dwelling (Co-I).

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) NIH, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the Indiana State Department of Health (2015-2016). Engagement and Quality of Life in Under Represented Older Adults (Co-I).

1R21NR013755-01 (2012-2015) Meaningful activity intervention for persons with mild cognitive impairment (PI).

1k01 NR010854-01 (2008-2010) Improving care of persons with cognitive impairment and their caregivers (PI).

P30AG10133 NIH, NIA, Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center (2004-2006) A phenomenological study: Couples' living experiences of mild cognitive impairment (Co-I).

Selected Publications

 Chang, P-S, Lu, Y Y-F, Nguyen, C M, Suh, Y, Luciani, M. Ofner, S, & Powell, S. (2020). Qigong exercise in physical and psychological health of middle-aged and older blacks. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Published by 9/18/2020; https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945920959067 

 Lee,Y., Lu, Y. Y-F., Chiou, C-J  (2019) “Lessons learned from Developing web-based educational support blogs for family caregivers in Taiwan.” The Journal of Long-Term Care in Taiwan. 23(3): 217-230. Doi:10.6317/LTC.201912_23(3).0005

Chang, P-S., Chao, A. M., Jang, M., Knob, T, Oh, B., Lu, Y YF. (2018). Intervention fidelity in qigong randomized controlled trials: a method review. Journal of Geriatric Nursing. 40(1): 84-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.07.001

Brown E., Lu Y., Beaven, L., Hansen K, Carvell, C, Hendrie H., & Austrom MG, (2017). Engagement and Quality of Life in Underrepresented Older Adults:  A Community-based Participatory Research Project. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 7(1): E7-E9.

Hood, S., Lu, Y., Jenkins, K., Brown, E. Beaven, J. Brown, S. Hendrie, H, & Austrom, M. G. (2018). Exploration of perceived psychological benefits of senior companion program participation among urban-dwelling, low-income older adult women volunteers, Journal of Innovations in Aging; 2(2): 1-12. Doi:10.1093/geroni/igy018.

Ellis, JL, Altenburger, P., & Lu, Y. (2017). Change in depression, confidence and physical function among older adults with mild cognitive impairment”. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. E1-E8. Oct. DOI: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000143.

Lu, Y. YF. Bakas, T., Yang, Z., Stump, T., Weaver, M. T., & Austrom, G. M., & Haase, J. E. (2016) Feasibility and Effect Sizes of the Revised Daily Engagement of Meaningful Activities Intervention for Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Their Caregivers, The Journal of the Gerontological Nursing. 42(3): 45-58. Special Issue: Nonpharmacological Interventions for individuals with dementia. DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20160212-08. NIHMSID 768562.

Lu, Y. YF. Ellis, J. E., Yang, Z., Weaver, M. T., Bakas, T., Austrom, G. M., & Haase, J. E. Satisfaction with a family-focused intervention for mild cognitive impairment dyads (2016). Journal of Nursing Scholar on January, 48(4): 334-344. July 2016; DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12214, NIHMS802507.

Lu, Y. YF & Austrom, M. G.  Book Chapter: “Disease Awareness, Cognitive Decline, & Communication in Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment & Caregivers” in the book titled: “Psychosocial Studies of the Individual's Changing Perspectives in Alzheimer's Disease.” IGI Global, Irvine, CA, [In press]. 

Austrom, M. G., Lu, Y-F, Perkins, A. J., Boustani, M., Callahan, C. M., & Hendrie, H. C. (2014). Impact of non-caregiving related stressors on informal caregiver outcomes. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. NIHMS572151; DOI: 10.1177/1533317513518652. (NIHMS572151) published online on January 9, 2014).

Austrom, M. G., Lu, Y, Hendrie, H. C. (2013). Family care for elders with dementia.  In EA Capezuti, ML Malone, P R. Katz, M Mezey (Eds). The Encyclopedia of elder care:  The comprehensive resource on geriatric and social care (Third Ed,).  New York:  Springer. Springer Publishing Company, p. 286–289.

Lu, Y-F., Bakas, T. M., & Haase, J. E. (2013). Cost template for meaningful activity intervention for mild cognitive impairment, Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 27(2): 88-95. NIHMS433286, PMC3636762, Doi:10.1097/NUR.0b013e3182819171.

Lu, Y-F, Haase, J. E., & Weaver, M. T. (2013). Pilot testing a couples-focused Intervention for mild cognitive impairment. The Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 51(5), 16-23. NIHMS567658.

Austrom M. G., Dickinson, S. L. J., Denny. S. S., Matthews, B. R., Gao. S. & Lu, Y. (2011). Frontotemporal dementia caregivers and researchers: Partnering for brain donation. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementia, 26(6), 477-483.  doi:  10.1177/1533317511424278